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25 How did human beings become human beings? That was the great question Darwin posed to his readers. If mankind was not created by God, but has gradually evolved from animal to human by natural selection, then which were the qualities in the animal that allowed it to become human? Was it speed, strength and cunning in constant, life-or death gladiatorial combat? Was it our ability to exterminate each other that made us human? That notion did feature in Darwin's work, and in the course of the second half of the nineteenth century it became increasingly prevalent in European consciousness under the name of 'Darwinism'.
Through their two agents, the Arrernte people reached an international audience for the first time. Spencer was also working on a book called The Native Tribes of CentralAustralia, which he finished in March 1898. Gillen read it and gave his comments chapter by chapter. The book was also read and edited in advance of publication by two of the leading ethnologists of the day, Edward Tylor and James Frazer. It was published on 13 January 1899 and caused an immediate international sensation. 32 The men of the Arrernte had sung and danced for Gillen and Spencer and tried to explain the ideas embodied in their community and way of life.
The thing that puzzles me,' says Brown, 'is what do these natives live on . . ' 29 Te r r a N u l l i u s Morton shudders at the question put to him. Truth flashes across his mind. �n a wful feeling of horror came over the whole party as they realized their situation and possible fate. Their natural audacity, however, soon returned. At present they were masters of the situation; with their breech -loaders they could shoot down a score of the natives helpless in the cavern below, if so inclined.
Aristotle in 90 Minutes by Paul Strathern